With uncertainties about the French editor having now been resolved, the final version of Mandriva Linux 2010.1 has finally been released.
After having been accused of running late with their release, the Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring distribution is now finally available. Written about on our pages with the release of their final test version, this distribution runs on the Linux 188.8.131.52 core, offering the choice between various desktop environments: KDE SC 4.4.3, GNOME 2.30.1, and LXDE.
You will find all of the leading applications including the Oracle OpenOffice.org 3.2 suite and Web Firefox 3.6.6 browser available in the free depots, while Chromium, the open source Google Chrome engine and Opera are available in the commercial depots.
Mandriva certainly pushes numerous aspects to the fore, providing new one click encryption functions, parental control which extends to applications, the possibility of adding network services to network profiles, a gingko user interface for semantic data management with Nepomuk (KDE), Mandriva Directory Server to manage your LDAP directory, and numerous applications dedicated to education and sciences...
To get a complete listing of all features, you can look at the version notes published on this wiki. As is normal, numerous editions are available: One (LiveCD), Free (100 % open source) and the commercial Powerpack release available from $59.
This release of Mandriva Linux 2010.1 is very good news for Mandriva considering the financial difficulties that they have encountered, as it wasn’t sure that the French editor would be continuing their development. Things have started to improve, even if Mandriva has announced that a “drastic” restructuration will take place under IF Research. A capital raising has also been launched.
Among the measures that have already been announced for September, the commercial edition of Mandriva Linux will be exclusively distributed via a resellers and integrators network through OEM agreements signed in Europe, the Middle East, Brazil, Russia, India and China. The future of the free Mandriva Linux version available to users via download is not under threat.